A Hillsborough Community College Student Publication since 1978.
By Chris Rogers
Have you ever found yourself needing
to ace an exam in order to get the grade
you have been working for all year?
What would you be willing to do to
get that grade? Some college students
are so desperate and hung up on the
pressure of school they are willing to
risk their health simply to gain an edge
The drugs prescribed for attention
deficit hyperactivity disorder, such as
Adderall and Vyvanse, are intended
to help individuals focus and stay on
track during school and studying hours.
These drugs are being acquired illegally
by college students for multiple uses. As
a form of recreational entertainment or
as a studying aid. Far more people are
using these drugs than are prescribed
HCC student Brett Hagen, 22, said he
has used Adderall in the past to help
himself stay awake and study. He also
said that he has taken the medication
to stay awake during long road trips.
Hagen is not prescribed the medication
but said it was not difficult to acquire.
“Aderall?” he said. “It only cost me $10.”
Although Hagen has stopped using
Adderall to help him study, he said
he is aware of many students using it
regularly, not just for studying but to get
high, in some cases even snorting the
medication to intensify the effects.
By Chris Rogers
Hagen also has met some people who
are prescribed the medication, but
who aren’t taking it at all. “They are
prescribed a month at a time, so these
kids would rather hustle their pills for
seven or eight bucks a piece than take
them for school,” said Hagen.
Dr. Michael Gaynor, a Tampa physician,
said taking the medication without a
prescription can be very dangerous. He
said that the medication is essentially an
amphetamine, which can escalate blood
pressure and heart rate.
“An adverse reaction to the medication
could cause an individual to stroke out
or cause seizures and ticks to occur,”
So before you consider drugs like these,
think about the long-term effects you
might be inflicting on your body.